Safety and health: Hooray for cycling (again––but is anyone listening?)

This piece is interesting.

I know posting it here is preaching to the converted, but for cycling proselytisers it might add a few talking points. 

To put its priorities into effect, all we have to do is change governments. And to change governments, all we have to do is change attitudes. And to change attitudes, all we have to do is ... change the entire society we live in. 

Nothing to it, really.

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I changed society. That worked!

? that's not cycling, there are no Aussies in lycra there

Last comment by Harley Cox was the best, in the Comments

"There’s a massive problem of externalities in the assumptions driving this article.

The vast majority of pedestrians, cyclists and motor cyclists are killed by cars or trucks. These deaths should be attributed to the mode of transport that kills not to classifying the victims."

i.e, when they say driving is safer than cycling (mention of being 7 times safer in the article), you have to ask "safer for who"?

All good points.

Even in DE, where we cycle so much, this putting-risk-on-another inequity still exists despite most drivers trying very hard to do the right thing. A part of the problem is the assumption that cyclists don't move fast, and today they do. This does lead to failures to give way which I am sure really are unintentional.

It's a good comment, but it only applies to those that form public policy. For individuals deciding how to commute it is largely irrelevant.

The article implies that if ordinary people had better information (like this article) they'd make better transport choices. This ignores the reality of how people make those choices - not as efficient risk calculating machines but as people who value social status.

The design of our roads, in terms of the allocation of road space and time, confers great status on drivers, while communicating to those that cycle or walk they are not important. Safety (and the lack of it) is a by-product of status. When people value you, they make sure you're safe.

By emphasising individuals' transport choices rather than the public policy professionals (and politicians) that create the circumstances that produce those choices, this article misses the mark.

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